Dog Windows

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We’ve all heard of a dog door, but have you ever heard of a dog window?  Studies show that dogs tend to be less stressed in environments where they can visually see what’s going on outside of their confined spaces.  That’s why we’re seeing more and more kennels and canine boarding facilities incorporating runs and cages with glass doors and partitions vs. solid.  It is said that by expanding a dog’s visual horizon it can actually have a calming effect- making them bark less and relax a little more.  It’s an interesting concept, and one that can easily be in incorporated into your own dog-friendly home.  All you have to do is add a few strategically placed windows.  Above are some examples I found on Houzz.  I think it’s pretty neat how a low level window can not only potentially improve your dog’s mood, it can also provide a unique and visually dynamic design element.  Check out more possible dog windows in The Barkitect’s “Pet’s Perspective”  ideabook on Houzz.

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There are 7 comments for this article
  1. Jessica at 11:58 AM

    I rent now, but like this idea for the future. At least now I can make sure my dog has access to the windows instead of keeping curtains and blinds over the ones he can reach. I can also strategically rearrange my furniture so he can reach others, too. Thank you!

    • Becky Valentine at 10:23 AM

      Thank you, Madeline! If your lab is anything like my Danes, I’m sure he would appreciate it too. It’s a great way to open up their view and expand their horizons while still keeping them indoors. Thank you for the kind words about my site as well!

  2. Evelyn at 8:20 PM

    This is brilliant! Thanks for the great post. We have a chair by a window in the spare room (nowadays the doggies room). We also have a camera that we can access through our phones when we are not home. My dog, the oldest, spends most of his time there looking out the window. I totally agree with you, dogs need to know what is going around them… It will help them to stay calm and relaxed. Thanks again! 😉

    • Becky Valentine at 10:24 AM

      Thank you, Evelyn! I’m glad to hear that your dog enjoys looking out the windows as much as mine do! And what a great idea with the camera to check on them!